POLITICO: Biden puts Ohio in play

Joe Biden’s campaign is making Ohio a battleground again.

Buoyed by polls showing him leading President Donald Trump, Biden’s campaign boosted its TV advertising budget to $4.1 million for this month, nearly quadruple what he spent last month and two-thirds of his total ad budget for the state. The day after the first debate with Trump in Cleveland, Biden made his first appearance in Ohio on Wednesday as the Democratic presidential nominee.

A confluence of forces has made Ohio competitive again in the eyes of Democrats. The economy and health care amid the pandemic are bad. Trump is bleeding white working-class and suburban voters in polls. Conservatives in the state are warring with Republican Gov. Mike DeWine for locking down the state during the pandemic.

And DeWine’s Republican predecessor, John Kasich, is backing Biden.


Democratic strategist Daniel van Hoogstraten [Deputy State Director of For Our Future Ohio] said the Republican dysfunction and Trump’s leadership failures will cost him in Ohio. 

“Ohio is ground zero for Trump’s broken promises,” Hoogstraten said. “There’s a path for Biden in Ohio.”

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